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Melia White House - Oil and acrylic painting on sphere- 60cm diameter - 2017

This site-specific artwork was created for Artrooms 2017.

 Muspole Workshops - Hand painted sphere - 60cm diameter

"Muspole Workshops is a long-established complex of artist's studios in the heart of the city's cultural quarter, where I have been based the past five years. I inherited my workspace from previous generations of artists, and feel a strong connection to the long legacy of makers within the city. When creating this 360 panorama of the courtyard, it proved very useful to be able to step outside, and scan my eyes around the series of suspended walkways firsthand. The shifting perspective within this work is intended to describe the journey of the eye around a space in a more honest way, perhaps, than the conventions of 1, 2 and 3 point perspective. This attempt to capture reality afresh, combined with the unusual curved format of a canvas designed to hang from the ceiling, play with the fundamentals of what makes a realist painting, often seen as the least radical of genres."

 

 



 

Ian Collins, art critic and curator, writes:

"As if out to set himself ever-greater challenges, the artist has now embarked on Infinite Perspectives - researching, creating and presenting three-dimensional paintings on globes and unusually formed canvases.

The compositions employ experimental forms of perspective to create immersive 360-degree realistic images - with both the perspective and the representation slyly shifting depending on which point you look at them.

A hemisphere containing a flock of doves hangs on the wall like one half of an opened giant egg. And now the artist-adventurer is on to the Norwich planets suite - with images of city sites cast on suspended globes. Spinning first is a world of books as reflected in Elm Hill's Dormouse Bookshop."

 



"Here can be found the painter himself reading Henry Miller's Tropic of Cancer, while also browsing J.G. Ballard's Empire of the Sun. But all his favourite books are captured in hundreds of spine titles on these revolving shelves. And then there are as many satirical volumes such as Art for Idiots by Charles Saatchi, Spitting Images by J.M.W. Turner and Fixing the Art Market by Damien Hirst. Here too is John Allen of Mandell's Gallery, pulling out playing cards while also being credited as the author of an as-yet-unwritten book called Art in the Provinces.

 
A second globe revolves around the Elm Hill emporium of Mr P. Milne's Antiques and Curios.  The third, just begun when I visited the Teather studio early in 2015, is the Victorian assembly of tiles, bricks and wooden walkways in which lies the artist's den of work, as if in the cabin of a Victorian sailing ship.

And that seems a good point at which to leave him. Let's step ashore as he casts off for another creative voyage and await with eager interest his return with untold and unexpected treasures."


 


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